World Fantasy Award-winning, best-selling author Robert McCammon makes a triumphant return to the epic horror and apocalyptic tone reminiscent of his books Swan Song and Stinger in this gripping new novel, The Border, a saga of an Earth devastated by a war between two marauding alien civilizations.
But it is not just the living ships of the monstrous Gorgons or the motion-blurred shock troops of the armored Cyphers that endanger the holdouts in the human bastion of Panther Ridge. The world itself has turned against the handful of survivors, as one by one they succumb to despair and suicide or, even worse, are transformed by otherworldly pollution into hideous Gray Men, cannibalistic mutants driven by insatiable hunger. Into these desperate circumstances comes an amnesiac teenaged boy who names himself Ethan - a boy who must overcome mistrust and suspicion to master unknowable powers that may prove to be the last hope for humanity's salvation. Those same powers make Ethan a threat to the warring aliens, long used to fearing only each other, and thrust him and his comrades into ever more perilous circumstances.
A major new novel from the unparalleled imagination of Robert McCammon, this dark epic of survival will both thrill listeners and make them fall in love with his work all over again.
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- Jim "The Impatient"
There are a few authors that upon hearing they have a new book coming out I don't need to read a publisher summary or any review... I'm going to get that book. In fact, I don't want to know anything about it before listening to it. I want to be surprised. Robert McCammon is one of those authors. I'm not saying I loved every book of his, but he's wowed me enough that I'm a life long fan.
With The Border I've been waiting months. I had it pre-orderd. Then the day it came out life got in the way and it was over a week before I could listen to it.
So, McCammon steps up to the plate, knocks the dirt from his cleats, raises his bat and awaits the pitch. Will he hit a single or a double? Will he strike out... Or will he knock that mother out of the park?
I think he gets tagged out at home plate.
The Border feels like a classic McCammon story only written with the skill that he has honed over the years. From the first few minutes it takes off at breakneck speed. It's exciting and descriptive in just the right way. Fred Berman does a fantastic job with the narration. I fell headlong into this book. I loved every bit of it... Until the last two chapters.
I really hate to say it, but I thought the ending fizzled. I'm not giving any spoilers, but for such a powerful story the ending felt weak. I don't think the ending ruined the book. However, I can't give it a full five star rating. I hope you'll feel differently when you listen to it.
I know that audible had a glitch with this book and the last few chapters were missing the first few days this book was available, but I downloaded the complete version after they fixed it. So, I did hear the whole book.
- Joshua Kring